Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why I think Energy Secretary Dr. Stephen Chu

should have a lamppost reserved for him. One bit:
Gasoline prices in Europe are currently about $10 per gallon ($200 to fill a 20 gallon fuel tank). Mr. Chu believes that artificially increasing gas prices will force Americans into smaller cars, public transportation and other situations more in line with the thinking of environmentalists. According to the WSJ:

Mr. Chu has called for gradually ramping up gasoline taxes over 15 years to coax consumers into buying more-efficient cars and living in neighborhoods closer to work.”
Yeah, screw you getting to decide where you live. Except for "Comrade, you can choose whichever apartment you wish! As long as the Committee approves your choice."
Consider Sec. Chu’s 2008 comments and their implications: Gas at $10 a gallon, forcing Americans to buy “more-efficient” (small) cars, forcing Americans to live closer to work. These are the ideas of an Ivy-tower, self-styled elite who have never lived or worked in the real world, a world where only a small portion of the population can live within electric car range of work. Public transportation, by the way, is commonly available only in major metropolitan areas.

The cost of living in major urban areas is far greater than in much of the rest of the nation, and even if Americans were forced to move to urban areas in large numbers, there could not possibly be sufficient available jobs, to say nothing of decent, affordable housing. On the day this post was written, Mr. Obama was visiting the slums of Rio de Janeiro. If Sec. Chu had his way, such slums would surround all American cities and 10% unemployment would be looked upon with fond longing for the good old days. There are very good reasons why every American doesn’t live in an urban setting. For all of his education and apparent intellect, Sec. Chu seems unaware of this--or doesn’t care

We keep hearing clowns asking "How much does gas have to cost before it forces people to do what we tell themto make the proper choices?" Their idea of 'proper choice' meaning buy the cars we tell them to, or get rid of them completely. I wonder if these people actually believe that the jump in gas prices these last few months DON'T affect people? Or is it that it hasn't affected people enough?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The other side of it is, what he would like to spend those extra percent of people's incomes he'd be receiving as taxes, on...

Even in Europe, the population densities of most suburbs are too low for it to pay to run a bus service, and the days of big factories, shipyards and steel works are long gone, thanks to unions and env regs,

so there's no big crowd of people all going to the one place at exactly the same time.

"Public transport" means phoning for a taxi, unless it's an area where the politicians believe in screwing more taxes out of people to subsidise the running of looser cruisers.